Surya Namaskar A

10325637_10203228012717176_1393754381752578400_n copySurya Namaskar A means  Sun Salutation A.  A Sun Salutation is a series of postures that are linked together by breaths, creating a powerful series of movements that are a catalyst for transformation.  These movements heat up the body, facilitate deep breathing and serve as an opportunity to shift your perspective.  I like to think as Sun Salutations as a moving meditation, allowing us to experience what it is like to be in the flow of movement and the in the flow of our creative seat.

Today we are going to do a Half-Sun Salutation A.  Begin at the top of your mat in Mountain Pose.  Stand with your feet together and root your feet evenly into the earth.  Feel the strength of your legs and notice how your belly supports your backbody.  Open across your collarbones and allow the arms to relax down by your sides.  Lengthen all four sides of your neck evenly and feel the crown of your head extend toward the sky.  On your inhale, reach your arms out to the sides and up over your head, let your palms touch.  On your exhale, separate your arms out to the sides and forward fold- hinging from your hips- to your feet.  On your inhale, place your hands on your shins and extend your heart forward, lifting halfway.  On your exhale, forward fold over your legs again, belly to thighs, relax your head.  On your inhale open your arms like wings and rise all the way up, reaching your arms over your head, let your palms press together.  On your exhale, bring your hands down together in front of your heart in prayer.  Remain here for a couple of breaths standing tall in your Mountain Pose and notice how you feel.

Do 2 more rounds of 1/2 Surya Namaskar A.  Once you are done, observe any differences you may feel in your body, mind, heart.   Feel free to do some journaling about this- observe your breath, your physical, mental and emotional state.  Do you feel more inspired or more creative?  Do you feel energized?

Namaste,

Ashley

 

 

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